Tracking Progress

All this week we’ve been talking about James Clear’s 4th Law of Habits – make it satisfying.

There is nothing more satisfying than ticking an item off the list and stepping back and saying “I did that”.

It’s also satisfying to tell others that we achieved something, and of course to celebrate that by rewarding ourselves.

Lastly, whilst it can be disheartening to see where we have wavered, knowing that we have time set aside to reflect on what happened and work out another course can keep us satisfied that we will get there in the end.

The Magic of Tracking

What I haven’t really talked about is how a simple tracking strategy can change your habits without even making plans to. Once you start recording how often you are doing something, it makes you want to do it. If you record every item you spend money on, you immediately start to make different choices. If you decide to record what you are eating, again, seeing it written down causes you to choose fruit over chocolate, for example.

Breaking the Streak

I mentioned that breaking the streak often causes people to give up, but creating that streak – not wanting to break it – is something that urges you on. If you are worried that breaking it will hamper you, then purposefully aim for only 28 day streaks, with an intended break in the middle. This strategy will give you confidence that you can do it, then you can decide whether you want to continue. It also allows you to test the waters with a new habit, something I wholeheartedly recommend as one gym routine won’t suit everyone (and in fact not everyone likes to go the gym in the first place).


We’re still all in holiday mode so relax if that’s what is needed. Or don’t. If you want to keep momentum in readiness for the new year, then reveiw all of your plans so far and see if there might be anything you want to change or get in the schedule now.


We are at the end of Blogmas now, but I’ll be reflecting on the last few weeks and discussing what’s next.

What else will you be doing to track progress?

Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.

Best wishes,

2 thoughts on “Tracking Progress

  1. Oh yeah, I have a habit tracker in my journal, and even though it’s simply putting an ‘X’ in a box, I still feel the satisfaction from being able to do so every day. Thanks for this post. Am looking forward to tomorrow’s!


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